Aho Has 2 Short-Handed Goals, Hurricanes Beat Panthers 4-2 – CBS Miami
SUNRISE, Florida (AP) – Sebastian Aho scored two shorthanded goals and the Carolina Hurricanes beat the Florida Panthers 4-2 on Thursday night.
Nino Niederreiter and Jordan Martinook also scored one goal, Alex Nedeljkovic made 30 saves and Martin Necas had three assists. The Hurricanes have won six straight games against the Panthers this season.
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Aleksander Barkov scored twice for Florida and Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 25 shots. The Panthers lost at home for the first time in eight games.
The teams will finish the two-game set on Saturday.
After falling 3-2, the Panthers had a 6v4 power play in the last minute, but Aho’s goal with an empty net made it 4-2 with a 15.2-minute lead.
Barkov’s second goal came in a 5-on-3 power play. Barkov’s shot from the slot beat Nedeljkovic 7:58 in the third to shorten it to 3-2.
Aho scored his first shorthanded goal to extend the Hurricanes’ lead to 3-1. The Panthers turned the puck on their blue line and Carolina stepped behind the defense and used a duel that went back and forth between Necas and Aho when the skate came in. Aho put the puck in an open net with 1: 52 left per second.
Niederreiter’s power play goal put the Hurricanes in the lead with 8:51.
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Barkov gave the Panthers a 1-0 lead when his shot from the right circle bounced off the post and crossed the goal line at 6:22 of the first.
Martinook connected it 14 seconds a second when he took a front ricochet that bounced off a defender’s skate into the net.
Florida’s Keith Yandle played his 914th NHL game in a row and linked Garry Unger with the second-most NHL history in a row.
The Panthers limit the number of visitors to 25% of the capacity. 4,683 were at play on Thursday.
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